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On this edition of ST, we learn about the City of Tulsa's in-depth and multifaceted efforts to address issues of resilience, equity, and racial disparity across various demographic and geographic sections of our community. Our guest is DeVon Douglass, who was recently appointed by Mayor G.T. Bynum as Tulsa's Chief Resilience Officer. Before this appointment, Douglass served as the Economic Opportunity and Poverty Policy Analyst for the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we speak with James Wagner, the Chief of Performance Strategy and Innovation in Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum's newly formed administration. Mr. Wagner was previously the principal transportation planner for the Indian Nations Council of Governments (or INCOG), and he appeared on this program several times in that capacity.

Last week on our program, we spoke with two members of the Tulsa City Council about the Vision program, which was recently approved by the Tulsa City Council in unanimous vote and is likewise supported by Mayor Bartlett.

The proposals for the City of Tulsa's Vision sales-tax extension are all now in, and those proposals are many and varied. Some are, indeed, visionary; others seem fanciful. Some are familiar; others seem quite novel. All of the proposals -- there were more than 130 in total -- address perceived needs of one kind or another in our community, and taken together, they tally more than $2 billion in spending. Now comes the difficult task of narrowing down the numerous needs, goals, and desires in these proposals to a coherent set of projects that will be put before voters in April of next year.

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The Tulsa City Council is now moving forward on a $919 million capital improvement project that would continue this community's Fix Our Streets sales tax and property taxes for an additional 5 to 5.5 years in order to fund continued street construction, rehabilitation and widening projects, and a number of other capital improvement projects. Capital improvement, you ask? Well, it's not money for more police officers or more fire-fighters, as our guest notes today, but more money for the cars, trucks, and other equipment these city employees need to do their job (as but one example).

Sales Tax Collections Steady in Tulsa

Dec 8, 2012
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Mayor Dewey Bartlett said the City of Tulsa’s sales tax revenue for mid-October to mid-November as reported by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, totaled $19,110,236.

That is about one-half percent above budget estimates and 4.1 percent above the same period last year.  For the year-to date, the City has received $113,323,115 in sales tax revenues, or about $8.85 million more than for the same period last year.  That is one-quarter percent above last year.

Tulsa Lawsuit Settled

Aug 31, 2012
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The Tulsa City Council approves a $110,000 settlement in a lawsuit. It stems from a fatal shooting involving a police officer. It happened in 2009.

The council approved the settlement after Assistant City Attorney Gerald Bender said it would have cost up to $60,000 to provide expert testimony at trial.

Brandi Cox’s son  was injured in the shooting and  husband, Steven Paul Crowels, was killed.

Authorities say officer Jay Chiarito-Mazzarella fired on the vehicle after the driver put the car in reverse and tried to run him over.

Council/TFD Sponsor Supply Drive

Jul 27, 2012

District 5 Councilor Karen Gilbert and Administrative Chief Jeremy Moore announced a new partnership this afternoon at the City Council Public Works Committee meeting. The Tulsa City Council and the Tulsa Fire Department are hosting a school supply drive to benefit Tulsa Public Schools starting Wednesday.

Families spend about $600 on average each year on school supplies, including the cost of back-to-school clothes, according to a study by the National Retail Federation. Gilbert said the City Council and the Fire Department are trying to help ease the burden.

New City Budget Approved

Jun 22, 2012
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The City of Tulsa has a new budget. The spending plan is just over $703-million. The document follows the budget plan submitted by Mayor Bartlett at the end of April.

It includes two-million dollars stashed away in the city’s new savings account. Council Chair G-T Bynum says that is a good thing. He says when Tulsa faces another economic downturn, the city will have a cash  cushion. It is a city version of the state’s rainy day fund.

Some councilors want more money for city employee salaries instead of one-time stipends. The council will review that at mid-year.

Vote Tomorrow on Tulsa Budget

Jun 20, 2012

A new Tulsa city budget must be in place in less than 10-days. The city council is expected to vote tomorrow night on Mayor Bartlett’s $703-million plan.

The mayor has added several hundred-thousand dollars to the budget to step-up code enforcement in neighborhoods. The infusion of cash should help clean-up the city’s blighted neighborhoods. The plan also calls for additional dollars to be spent on graffiti removal.

The Council meeting will be at 6PM tomorrow night.

City Council elections set

Apr 12, 2012
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We now know who the candidates will be in the Tulsa City council’s first-ever non-partisan election:

District #-1: Twan Jones will try again to knock off incumbent  councilor Jack Henderson

District #-4:  Blake Ewing is up for another term. He was the only one to file in District #-4

District #-7:  Arianna Moore filed in opposition to incumbent Thomas Mansur.